Well, we in New Zealand are getting ready for a lockdown, which will come into force from midnight tonight. The country is now in an official state of emergency. Let us hope this works.
I’m working at home, and have set myself up upstairs with computer and work phone. My team and I are having regular meetings online which really helps to make things more social as well as it being good to talk over things with other people. Karl is set up downstairs, and at times when we are both on conference calls it sounds like a busy office. The kettle sits beside me so I can make constant cups of tea, a necessity I feel at this time.
I am sitting by my plants and have spent the past few days looking at this chilli ripening. It is a lovely touch of life too in these dark days. Keeping on the positive, my wonderful Thursday Pilates teacher is making mat class videos to keep us toned during the lockdown. I did my first one this evening and felt good afterwards. Thank goodness for technology!
We had some bread delivered today, and to with it I made a pot of split pea soup, real comfort eating for troubled times. I’m carefully planning meals to use up what we have before purchasing more. We have been promised that supermarkets will remain open, and certainly today there were less crowds of people stocking up than there has been the last few days. I think it is natural to panic at times like this, but we also need to breathe deeply and think of others who might not have the means and capability as we do.
And through all of this, Charlie sleeps or runs about, oblivious to all, though I suspect he knows something as all three of us humans are at home, all the time.
So…stay safe, wash your hands and keep your distance. Stay in your home bubble. Be kind. Kia kaha.
Read this for good advice from microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles.
If you are feeling stressed, listen to this podcast from The Happiness Lab on coaching yourself through a crisis (scroll down to Coronavirus Bonus to find it).
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